I Broken Blood: The Rise and Fall at

I the Tennant Family Simon Blow (Faber £14.95) Blow by Blow story of the family who began as Ayrshire rustics and ended up via the invention ofbleach rulers of Mustique. Well. at least Princess Margaret‘s pal did. But the real hero

, and heroine of this family affair are Pamela Tennant and her artist son Stephen. the author's uncle. who took to his bed in the early ‘50s and stayed there for thirty years until he died. Not surprisingly. the book has been the subject ofa litigation. I David Copperfield Charles Dickens (Oxford UP £4.95) Ridiculously cheap hardback edition of the great classic. complete with original

Interviews by the Guardian‘s egghead journo with ‘uncommon men‘. So how come (iermaine (ireer. Joan Sutherland and Winnie Churchill‘s daughter have sneaked in'.’ Sub-title aberrations apart this is a splendid gaggle of intelligent voices with Coleman interjecting knowledgeably.

I Character Parts John Mortimer (Penguin £295) Less weighty but no less enjoyable encounters with the fallen and the risen. and vice-versa. including such luminaries as Christine Keeler. Boy George and Jimmy Boyle. Mortimer brings a barrister's patience to his interviews and always asks the questions you would like to even if they do solicit staple replies. But Toyah gives good value. Asked about the youths in the King‘s Road wearing Nazi regalia she admits: ‘I used to wear a loo chain when I was young but that didn't mean I was a toilet.‘ But she‘s flush now. ain‘t she‘.’

illustrations. You can buy the master's entire ocuy re in 21 yols for under £101) in this uniform edition. The bargain ofthe millenium.

I Movers and Shakers Terry Coleman (Andre Deutsch 12.95)

I Flann O'Brien: An Illustrated Biography Peter Costello and Peter Van De Camp (Bloomsbury 14.95) The worst crime of which I have been the victim was the non—return of a book I lent to a nightclub hostess. The book was The Best ()fMyles by Flann ()‘Brien or. as he was christened. Brian ()‘Nolan. Precious little is known about ()‘Nolan‘s life and any titbits are welcome. He was born in Dublin. one of twelve brothers and sisters in a home where Irish was the common tongue. He was educated by the Jesuits and went to university where he had a distinguished record on the

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